Book #9
The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel
Released On: Jun 25, 2013

In a masterwork of historical mystery and scientific exploration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins reveals an apocalyptic vision of the day after tomorrow, of a future predicted by the distant past, of a world doomed to burn under

The Eye of God

The crash of a U.S. military research satellite in the remote wilds of Mongolia triggers an explosive search for the valuable cargo it holds: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy, the energy connected to the birth of our universe. But the last blurry image from the falling satellite captures a chilling sight: a frightening look into the future, a view of a smoldering eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.

At the Vatican, a mysterious package arrives for the head of Pontifical ancient studies, sent by a colleague who had vanished a decade earlier. It contains two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA testing reveals both are from Genghis Khan—the long-dead Mongol king whose undiscovered tomb is rumored to hold the vast treasures and knowledge of a lost ancient empire.

Commander Gray Pierce, and Sigma—joined by a pair of Vatican historians—race to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery bound in the roots of Christianity’s origins, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.


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Critical Acclaim

  • “The world is ending. And even though many have written about this fact, Rollins never stoops to stereotypical plots. With this, he provides the ultimate story.…[He] describes ancient times and connects them with present day so well that it’s a truly fascinating read that will hold the attention of any mystery/thriller fan. Carefully researched, the characters both old and new literally come to life—offering an ending that is truly a surprise.”

    Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazin
  • “Adventurous and enormously engrossing...”

    Alan Cheuse, NPR
  • "Rollins has done it again. Real history and science play a key role in all of the action, which never wanes...Definitely keep an eye out for this one."

    Library Journal [Starred Review]
  • "If you're a fan of smart, entertaining adventure fiction, this is your summer beach read writ large. . . .All the science, all the history, and all the locations are masterfully intertwined. The characters are multi- dimensional. And the story is, well, a corker."

    Mark Sullivan, New York Journal of Books
  • "After Crichton passed away in 2008 he clearly passed the baton to James Rollins, who like Crichton, is a renaissance man."

    Huffington Post
  • "Rollins's roguish charm comes from his efforts to persuade readers the story is credible [through] real-life sources for his novel's science, history and geography."

    New York Times


  • Q. Speaking of keeping your novel timely, in The Eye of God, the threat of a life-altering barrage of meteors plays a significant role in the story. Were you writing this when the explosion of Chelyabinsk meteor over Russia took place?
    A. I was—and it certainly added that timely quality to the novel. It’s a prime example of the unpre ... Read More
  • Q. And it’s not just Genghis Khan, but you also bring up the history of Attila the Hun, another great conqueror.
    A. I was fascinated that both of these men died and were buried with great wealth—yet their treasure- ... Read More
  • Q. As with all of your books, history is only half the story. You love raising interesting bits of science. In The Eye of God, you introduce the concept of “biohacking,” of people altering their bodies in strange ways. A new member of Sigma has magnets embedded under his fingertips to add to his “senses.” Is this really something that’s going on?
    A. It is indeed. Over a thousand people have had rare-earth magnets implanted at the edges of their fin ... Read More
  • Q. In The Eye of God, you also deal with a comet that is set to fly past our planet this coming November. Why pick this upcoming true celestial event to base you book upon?
    A. I love making my books feel real and “of the moment.” I was also fascinated to learn that the co ... Read More
  • Q. In The Eye of God, you also speculate on the state of reality, raising the question about what’s real and what’s not, specifically that we might all be living in a hologram. You also broach the possibility of there being multiple universes. Could any of that be true?
    A. According to the physicists I visited with at Fermilab outside of Chicago, the answer is likely YES. ... Read More
  • Q. In The Eye of God, you have a strange series of relics: incantation skulls, books bound in human skin, and models of boats made of human bones. Where do you come up with such macabre items?
    A. They’re actually all real. Archeologists have uncovered more than two thousand Jewish incantation ... Read More
  • Q. In The Eye of God, you take your readers to some exciting and exotic locales: Macau, Mongolia, North Korea. What drew you to set parts of the book in those locations?
    A. I personally love to travel to remote corners of the world, to explore those lost edges or seldom tr ... Read More
  • Q. Lastly, based on these multiple universes and the fact that the seat of human consciousness remains a mystery—in The Eye of God, you offer a glimpse as to what happens after you die. Do you believe it to be true?
    A. I don’t know if belief is the correct word—but I hope it is. It’s an intriguing supposition th ... Read More
  • Q. Speaking of Genghis Khan, you raise an interesting fact about genetics and this Mongol warlord.
    A. Genghis Khan was a fascinating and bloody figure, who conquered most of the known world at the time, ... Read More
  • Q. You also raise another historical mystery in The Eye of God, one concerning the apostle, St. Thomas, how this apostle may have traveled to China. You also reveal a possible connection between the Chinese language and Biblical stories. How much of all that is true?
    A. It’s fairly accepted that St. Thomas traveled to India, but there remains some intriguing speculat ... Read More


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